What to Do If You Don’t Have Enough Outlets in Your Home

You need a place to plug in your newest electronics, but low and behold, there just isn't room. This scenario plays out over and over again, especially in older homes without a lot of outlets. Luckily, there are options. Try these tips:

1. Use Power Strips

Power strips can help increase the number of available outlets you have in your home. You can buy strips that you plug directly into a wall or ones that have a small cord with a strip of outlets attached to it. Either way, these strips are ideal for desks where you need to plug in computers, printers, modems and other electronic essentials or by the entertainment centre in your lounge. Make sure the strips have a surge protector. That shuts everything down as needed to protect your wiring.

2. Consider AC Adapter Taps

There are also electrical devices that let you add outlets to existing cords. In particular, there are AC adapter taps that you add to your laptop's power cord. They get connected to the plug that goes into the wall and the brick of the cord. If you like to charge your laptop in a place where you also have lamps or other items plugged in, these adapters can be a big help.

3. Be Careful With Extension Cords

Extension cords can be a safe way to increase the number of outlets in your home, but they can be dangerous if not used correctly. To prevent electrical fires, make sure that you never use extension cords that have worn insulation or exposed wires.

Always attach extension cords to the floor with tape or cord tracks, or secure them to the wall to prevent tripping over cords. Finally, if you plug in more than one electronic to a cord, you need to have a surge protector.

4. Consider Installing New Outlets

Rather than stretching cords and extenders all over your home, you may just want to put in new outlets. Someone who specialises in electrical work can help you set up a system that works for you. You may be surprised at how cost effective electrical work is compared to the cost of buying lots of cords and adapters.

If you are a renter, speak with your landlord about the possibility of new outlets—you may be able to convince him or her that adding more outlets increase the value of the property.

5. Don't Forget Special Outlets

If you decide to pay for new outlets, consider putting in some special outlets. For instance, you may want high voltage outlets that can support a dryer. In other cases, you may want USB ports.